On the Cheap | Festivals, parties come in with May


Food, festivals and Cinco de Mayo! The next few weeks are looking pretty good for activities on the Grand Strand that won’t bust your budget. Here’s the list:

May 2

The city of Conway is holding its annual Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Conway. Admission is free. This event includes live music, a car show, vendors and craft beer tastings ($). You might want to bring a chair.

The eighth annual Taste of the Coast will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. Adult tickets are $3 in advance, $5 at the gate; kids 12 and under are free. This event includes food sampling, live entertainment and a Kids Zone with blow up rides, face painters and more. Food and ride tickets are $1 each (the number of tickets you will need for each food sample/ride will vary). For advance tickets, call Risen Christ Lutheran School office at 272-8163.

The annual Blessing of the Inlet celebration will be held at Belin United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. In addition to the Blessing of the Inlet, this event includes food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, live entertainment and more.

Castano’s Italian Steakhouse is holding a Kentucky Derby party at 4 p.m. Admission is free. In addition to the Derby, there will be party favors, games, food and drink specials and “best hat” prizes.

May 5

If you’re looking for a Cinco de Mayo party, Fiesta del Burro Loco at 960 Frontage Road West in Myrtle Beach is holding its annual BurroFest in the restaurant’s parking lot starting at 11 a.m. Admission is free. There will be live music, outdoor games, beer trucks, food and drinks for purchase and more.

May 9

Mayfest on Main will take place on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. This event includes live music, food and craft vendors, a children’s area, street entertainers and more. You might want to bring a chair.

At 10 a.m., all Lowe’s home improvement stores are holding a free workshop for kids ages 5-12. The kids will be building a Mother’s Day planter. Go to http://lowesbuildandgrow.com to register your child.

JULIE HENRY is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap: www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com.